Bad Mammo – Meg Files

Cat, dog, man gone
to bed, leaving me — no
I have left myself —
on the hearth of this waxy
desert fire with my hands
under my shirt holding
my tits. They do feel
fuller — with what seeds?
But themselves, really,
just someone’s handful.
My sisters and I still hold
contests for perky. I would
say ah the fire burns
low (and it does, flame-
encrusted embers) but
to write it I would lose
my crossed-armed cupping
of the known breasts, so
strange now, as I pull up
my shirt, so lurid, and
throbbing in the firelight.
Meg FilesMeg Files is the author of the novels Meridian 144 and The Third Law of Motion, Home Is the Hunter and Other Stories, The Love Hunter and Other Poems, and Writing What You Know, a book about taking risks with writing. Her stories and poems have appeared in publications including Miramar, Fiction, Writers’ Forum, Oxford Magazine, The Tampa Review, and Crazyhorse.